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120 Ratings
Top Rated
120 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 100
11 Ratings
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Score 5.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate is a fantastic platform for managing multiple clients, and I feel this is why it was created in the first place. I have ready complaints about certain components and behaviors in the past online. However, it appears they have fixed these issues in later versions as we have not experienced them. It also has competitive pricing for RMM's for MSP's to use. It could also be used for a single company to manage their environment, but I don't think it was meant for this. There might be other options that are more cost effective, especially if a single company doesn't have hundreds of machines to manage or more.
Adam Friedli | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds MSP Manager

It's a good company to grow with because as needs change there are more features available.
Tamara Ham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Monitoring Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.9
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Remote monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.3
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Network device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Multiple Server Monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.4
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Multi-device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.1
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Automated alerts and notifications
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
SolarWinds MSP Manager

Management Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Patch Management
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Service configuration management
ConnectWise Automate
8.7
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Software and hardware inventory
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Policy-based automation
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
SolarWinds MSP Manager

Reporting

ConnectWise Automate
7.6
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Performance data reports
ConnectWise Automate
8.3
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Customizable reporting
ConnectWise Automate
8.2
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Data visualization
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Risk analysis
ConnectWise Automate
6.5
SolarWinds MSP Manager

Security

ConnectWise Automate
8.3
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Data backup and recovery
ConnectWise Automate
7.4
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Antivirus and malware management
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
SolarWinds MSP Manager
Adinistraor access control
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
SolarWinds MSP Manager

Incident and problem management

ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
5.4
Organize and prioritize service tickets
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
4.9
Expert directory
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
3.4
Service restoration
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
3.8
Self-service tools
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
3.5
Subscription-based notifications
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
7.8
ITSM collaboration and documentation
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
7.4
ITSM reports and dashboards
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
7.3

ITSM asset management

ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
6.1
Configuration mangement
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
5.8
Asset management dashboard
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
6.4

Change management

ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
2.8
Change calendar
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
1.0
Service-level management
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds MSP Manager
4.7

Pros

ConnectWise Automate

  • It includes a ticketing system using workflow automation, SLA, as well as performance monitoring and access tickets from mobile devices.
  • Dashboards of the tool show overviews and detailed explanations of KPIs. Your business can also use the custom report writer to generate reports on whatever issue you want.
  • You can use ConnectWise to automate the range of ITIL process, such as: incident management, availability management, change management, service reporting, service-level management, service asset and configuration management, request management, and knowledge management.
Asfer Bin Saleh | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds MSP Manager

  • Web Based
  • Automated Ticket creation
chris maddox | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ConnectWise Automate

  • The biggest issue for Automate is their support. They seem to be completely overwhelmed. Chat support for simple questions can be anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes in the queue. Then when you are connected they are doing little more than creating a ticket that will take days to hear back from them.
  • Patching. The documentation and advice from our implementation person do not match reality. The process of denying a patch is documented, but doesn't work. We were unable to block certain patches from being distributed until we spoke to a specialist about it. He couldn't explain the mis-matched documentation.
  • Speed. Using the Automate client is painfully slow. Very sluggish and non-responsive at times.
David Wertz, CHSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds MSP Manager

  • It is just simply too slow! The web interface requires patience, even when moving between tabs or menu choices. This is by far the biggest detracting element of MSP Manager.
  • Input customization -- I would like the settings pages to allow me to customize some input screens, especially the Ticket Entry window. The "Quick Ticket" entry is missing a few key items I want in a trouble ticket, and the full ticket entry window has numerous fields I never use or are always the same, and so it just takes more time and effort than is necessary.
  • Both the asset tracking and the knowledge base should be more robust and integrally tied into the RMM console, so that licenses, serial numbers, procedures, network data are quick and simple to access from either interface.
Les Klassen Hamm | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Support and the Speed of supporting the latest technology is the main reason for not giving this a 10. But the product is powerful and flexible. The best way that I can sum it up is "You can get out of it what you put in to it"
Jack Skinner | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds MSP Manager

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Usability

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 3.2
Based on 3 answers
The UI is pretty confusing. There are Right-clicks, ctrl+clicks, Shift clicks, it's all very convoluted. With the latest gussying up, it's now arguably prettier, but very slow... I dread using it now...
Scott Sanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds MSP Manager

No score
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Performance

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 3.0
Based on 4 answers
It used to be great, but then they broke reporting, speed and responsiveness with version 11 and the new Patch Manager. It's really bad and their support people are way behind on fixing so many bugs. They have really gone downhill. If they don't get it together soon, we'll start looking around.
Ian Hansen | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds MSP Manager

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Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 8.0
Based on 14 answers
Most of the time their support is good for smaller things. They have a chat assist which is a nice function. When you run into a larger issue or an issue with an integration the support becomes less reliable and inconsistent. Generally your wait time on chat is under 5 minutes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds MSP Manager

SolarWinds MSP Manager 3.8
Based on 2 answers
They're good at resolving issues when they arise.
Tamara Ham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.1
Based on 2 answers
LabTech online training is very very thorough in training and helping individuals understand the theory and practical side of using a Remote Monitoring & Management. The training has multiple methods of explaining each section which helps to re-enforce everything about the Training Modules. I have had some Engineers lose their interest after a number of modules because they said that it was too much, that was too similar. I've found that the training is tailored towards a technical background but the Sales training does help NON technical individuals familiarize themselves with the Remote Monitoring and Management components and how it relates to Managed Services.
Carson Hagan, ITILv3 | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds MSP Manager

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Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Start small and learn the in's and out's before making policies and rolling things out company wide. Ask the questions of why if you don't agree with something or your company does things a different way. Usually they are done a certain way for a reason. Start simple with roll out and slowly enable or add on the functionality that is needed.
Jack Skinner | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds MSP Manager

No score
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Alternatives Considered

ConnectWise Automate

We prefer Automate to Kaseya for the customization, scripting and the third party integration.However, we prefer Continuum to Automate for how much time we freed up. We no longer have to maintain Automate services, integrations, etc. We also have reduced our ticket noise by 70%. This fact alone makes Continuum our favorite.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds MSP Manager

MSP Manager is a fully serviced paid option. Spiceworks is a free helpdesk. They both are very useful, but a company can just outgrow Spiceworks.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ConnectWise Automate

  • Because using the program is at a very low cost, I have the ability to service any client and provide training to any client if they have a computer.
  • Saves travel time and expenses associated with travel to support/train clients. Also can be done at any time of day because of continual access.
  • Gives the client peace of mind to know that I can access and fix an issue with a workstation any time of the day, weekends, evenings when they are not available etc.
Catherine Zuniga | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds MSP Manager

  • We have had to spend time and resources to create our own reports, as MSP Manager does not have them.
  • Searching for a ticket requires scrolling, wasting time
chris maddox | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

SolarWinds MSP Manager

Pricing Details

ConnectWise Automate

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SolarWinds MSP Manager

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
SolarWinds MSP Manager
4.2

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
SolarWinds MSP Manager

Usability

ConnectWise Automate
3.2
SolarWinds MSP Manager

Performance

ConnectWise Automate
3.0
SolarWinds MSP Manager

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
SolarWinds MSP Manager
3.8

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate
7.1
SolarWinds MSP Manager

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate
7.3
SolarWinds MSP Manager

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